Welcome to Week 11
Welcome to Week 11 of the 2020-2021 season at Mornington Little Athletics Centre (MLAC).
A friendly reminder to parents to make sure you register your attendance with our Covid Register at the start of the day.
Combined Events Presentation
This Saturday, we are presenting trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for our recent Combined Events competition held in Week 6 of the MLAC season schedule. The Presentations will commence as soon as the program schedule for this Saturday is concluded so please stay till the end. We look forward to seeing our MLAC athletes rewarded for their efforts in this event.
Our parent duties for this Saturday 30 Jan 2021 are as follows:
Set up duties (arrive 7:30am) – Child surname S to Z
Pack up duties (from 12:00pm) – Child surname i to M
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Regional Relays - 28 Feb
The SMR Regional Relays event is being planned for end of February 2021 for Athletes from Under 9 to Under 12. Entries for this event will close soon so if you are interested in attending, please complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ online form to let us know as soon as possible. The MLAC Committee will be putting together teams for each age group so please let us know if you are interested in this event. We will also be scheduling some training sessions shortly so keep an eye out on Facebook for further updates.
For athletes in Under 13 and above - they can compete in the State Relay Event scheduled for end of March 2021.
A reminder to all families that Coles Patches are a compulsory part of the MLAC Uniform and must be sewn to the Uniform above the Little Aths Logo. Coles are a major sponsor of Little Aths across Australia and provide funding, support and of course those bananas our kids enjoy every Saturday.
We appreciate your support in ensuring your uniform complies with our sponsor requirements. If you need a new Coles patch, please come and see us in the office to collect one.
Two Bays Challenge - 6 Feb
We are planning the Annual Two Bays Challenge with our neighbours from Westernport LAC. This event is always a fun event and competition. This year, the emphasis will be on achieving your Personal Best so the Centre with the highest number of PBs on 6th February will win the Two Bays Challenge.
SMR Track and Field Regionals - 13 & 14 Feb
The annual Regional Track and Field competition is always a highlight of the season. The 2021 Region Track & Field Carnivals will take place across Victoria at Southern Metro Region (Caulfield). These Carnivals will be held over the weekend of the 13th and 14th February 2021. Entries for the 2021 region track & field carnivals are yet to open and LAVIC is awaiting final approval from the Victorian Government. We will advise MLAC families and members as soon as the Registration Portal is available.
With the recent further easing of Covid restrictions by the State Government, LAVic has advised on new updated protocols for operations. As such, all Age Groups will be returning to our usual single session commencing at 9.00am.
All Age Groups - U6 to U16
Start 09:00am until 12:00pm
Parents, please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start to allow time for the Covid Attendance register, collect your bib and sign in with your Age Group Manager.
The Program 9 Event schedule for this Saturday is available on the Website.
Uniforms & Merchandise
MLAC offers a range of uniforms and merchandise for sale at each session including Club t-shirts, singlets, crop-tops, MLAC hoodies and LA Vic branded shorts. We also offer ceramic running spikes and shoe bags.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, All payments will be electronic and contactless. We cannot accept cash payments. Please come and see the MLAC officials in the office who can assist with purchases for these items and we also provide the Coles patch to be sewn to the Club top.
For further information and pricing, please visit our Uniform page on the website.
Second Hand Shoes for Sale
We have a range of second hand running shoes including waffles and spikes that have been kindly donated by MLAC Families. Prices are $20 for a pair. Please come and visit us in the office if you would like to view and try or buy a pair. If you have a pair of shoes to donate, this is also greatly appreciated.
Join the MLAC Committee
Now is a great time to contribute your ideas, suggestions and join our MLAC Committee. We are seeking an Assistant Secretary who can assist with the Club duties. This is a great opportunity to help shape the Club and become a valued member of the MLAC family. If you would like to nominate for this or any other position, please reach out to our Club Secretary Mark Henry who can provide you with more information.
Updated Covid Protocols
In order to comply with Government and LAVic operating protocols, Mornington Little Athletics Centre (MLAC) will be operating under a different set of rules from previous seasons. As part of our Covid Safe Plan, we will require all families to register their attendance using our online Covid Attendance register
for each session. We also have a QR Code that can be used to access the online web form.
All parents, volunteers and athletes should maintain social distance of at least 1.5 metres except during events.
Face masks should be carried by officials, parents, volunteers and athletes over 12 years and worn only if you cannot maintain a social distance within your group.
There is a maximum group size of 50 patrons which does not include age group managers and volunteers.
All athletes should still sanitize their hands at the start of the session, after each event and at the end of the session.
All equipment should be sanitized after each athlete has completed their turn.
If you are not feeling well, please do not attend the session and seek medical advice.
Please refer to the full list of MLAC Covid Protocols on our website and if you have questions, please contact our MLAC Committee members or CovidSafe officials.
Age Group Managers and Coaching course
Each season we rely on parent volunteers to step up to the role of Age Group manager. This role is not onerous and lots of fun as you will be guiding, supporting and encouraging our kids through each event.
We encourage and support Age Group managers to complete the course formerly known as the Introduction to Coaching (‘ITC’) that has been re-named by Little Athletics Australia in recent weeks and will now be known and ‘Introduction to Teaching Little Athletics Skills’.
LAVic is planning to conduct a number of ITLAS courses in coming weeks with groups of up to 50 (presuming anticipated restrictions allow). Dates, venues (regional and metro), presenters and other logistics are currently being finalized and will be communicated soon. If you are interested in attending, please let us know via email@example.com.
MLAC welcomes all new members who are entitled to 2 competition sessions under the Little Athletics ‘Free Trial’ offer. During the registration process, please select Option A: Trial Athlete Offerand follow the instructions. Once you have completed the trial, you can log back in to the LAVic Registration Portal and complete payment to become a full member.
To determine the correct Age Group for your child, please refer to the LAVic Age Group Calculator.
In order to complete the registration process, new members will need to demonstrate date of birth by bringing the child’s birth certificate or passport to the MLAC registrar or supplying via email.
What happens on the day
MLAC will be running a single session for the remainder of the season.
Parents should arrive by 08.45am to allow time for registrations and briefings
All Age Groups will commence their events at 09.00am
Competition events are expected to conclude by 12:00pm.
Parents should ensure they complete the Covid Attendance Register
Register your child with the Age Group Manager and collect your Bib (if you are paid member)
If you are participating in the Trial Athlete offer, the Age group manager will add your child’s name to the Event listing
Review the Program schedule for the day
Nominate for assistance with Event duties (cleansing, measuring, recording results).
Bring a bag to hold your child’s items (water bottle, mask, hats, clothes).
Once the session is completed, ensure you sanitize your hands and depart from the track in order to comply with the ‘Get in, Train, Get out’ Covid Safe protocols.